Shing Yin Khor

Shing Yin Khor is a cartoonist and installation artist exploring personal narrative, new human rituals, and collaborative worldbuilding through graphic memoir and large scale art structures, and creating comics at the intersection of race, gender, immigrant stories, and queerness. They make the road trip adventure comic Tiny Adventure Journal, the tender queer science fiction comic Center for Otherworld Science, and is also the author of The American Dream?. They live in Los Angeles.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

Gnomes, by Wil Huygen and Rien Poortvliet.

What’s your favorite line from a book?

“I can’t go on, I’ll go on,” from Samuel Beckett’s The Unnamable. It is not my favorite book, though.

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

I’ll never be able to narrow this down to three, but aside from the aforementioned Gnomes, the books that influenced how I think and make work the most are Lat’s Kampung Boy, Brian Froud’s Lady Cottington’s Pressed Fairy Book, and Nick Bantock’s Griffin and Sabine.

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

I wanted to prove some people wrong.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Love what you are doing (even when it feels like work), make friends, be curious, develop interests that make your life interesting, read a lot, and try to avoid debt.